God is your hobby:
My mouth inhales,
flushes you in.
Going to the wax museum to visit your sleeping body;
tonight with effort, tomorrow, with regret.
It is the end of a miracle, nevertheless,
I won’t forget the sirens, your steel throat
rusted with alcoholic burns
or the hooves and the poison,
how you tempted me to the maximum degree.
There is a sunset I am cupping in my hands,
it is turning dark blue like the colour
we both love
and I am staring into it like a poet mesmerized by the sea.
Farewell my pirate friend –
conquer the pitiful sky in your dreams.
Every barrier is a mountain
challenging your devotion,
torturing your nights with its magnificent summit.
I drink like a root from the underground: I am not upset
though shadows are cleaving, swarming my soul.
I am only running,
and it’s a long way to paradise
even when you hurry.
Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Poetry Halifax Dartmouth” 1991 under the pseudonym Jocelyn Kain (aka Allison Grayhurst) and in “Existere” under the pseudonym Jocelyn Kain (aka Allison Grayhurst)
Published in “Existere” 1991 under the pseudonym Jocelyn Kain (aka Allison Grayhurst)
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